December 31 – Japan added 3,852 confirmed cases on the 30th, the second largest one-day increase since the outbreak of the epidemic. On the 30th, the increase in the number of new arrivals in many places in Japan reached the largest increase.
Yasuhiro Nishimura, the economic regeneration minister responsible for the response to the novel coronavirus pneumonia, said that if the epidemic continues to spread as the epidemic continues, for the sake of the lives of the people, the possibility of issuing another declaration of emergency cannot be ruled out.
According to the report of Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun and Japanese TV on the 31st, according to prefectures, 294 new confirmed cases were added in Aichi Prefecture on the 30th, and 189 new cases were added in Fukuoka, all of which reached the highest number of new cases in a single day.
Tokyo has 944 new cases, which is the second largest increase since the outbreak of the epidemic, as well as Chiba, Gunma and Miki prefectures. Japanese media said that the epidemic spread sharply and could not stop.
In addition, Japan confirmed a case of coronavirus from the United Kingdom on the 30th. The patient, a 20-year-old woman, came to Japan from the United Kingdom on the 26th.
Her test sample has been sent to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases of Japan and is confirming whether it is a mutant novel coronavirus.
On the evening of the 30th, Yasuhiro Nishimura, Japan’s economic regeneration minister, posted a video on Twitter, in which he called on people to spend as much as possible with their families at the beginning of the New Year, and said: “If the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread as this, for the safety of the people, [the government] may issue another declaration of emergency.”
According to previous news, nearly half of the respondents in the latest Japanese public opinion survey believe that “should be released as soon as possible” in response to whether to issue the emergency declaration again, more than the number of respondents who answered “should be carefully judged” for the first time.
In response, some Japanese experts believe that if the epidemic prevention and control work fails to make progress, the Japanese government is likely to be forced to issue another declaration of emergency in January 2021.
The Japanese government declared a state of emergency for a month until May 6 on April 16 this year.
However, since the COVID-19 epidemic in Japan has not been fully controlled and the number of new patients has not been significantly reduced, the government has decided to extend the emergency declaration until May 31.